Services for International Students


Are you an international student?

international flagsThe Student Counseling Service at Texas A&M University respectfully welcomes you! We are excited to assist you in meeting your academic, career, and personal needs as you adjust to college life in the U.S. and pursue your educational goals.

In this brochure, you will find information and resources that may be helpful as you adjust to the U.S. Whether you are just beginning your college career or are a graduate student, there is usually a significant amount of stress in transitioning to living in another country. Making an appointment with an SCS counselor can be helpful in assessing your concerns and in making recommendations for your success.

Counseling may not be a common practice in other countries and cultures; however, in the U.S. counseling is often used as a process to deal with personal stress and difficulties. Some students may have a clear sense that they need help and want to see a counselor; but others may simply feel that some things are not going as well as they had hoped and talking to a counselor may help them to understand how to feel better.

The transition to living in a new country can lead to many challenges. Counselors at the A&M SCS have helped many international students with concerns such as:

  • Having difficulty adjusting to a new place.
  • Questioning the decision to study in the U.S.
  • Feeling uncertain about your major or future
  • Feeling disappointed with academic results
  • Worrying or unable to concentrate
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Having relationship problems
  • Accusations of plagiarism or academic dishonesty
  • Feeling depressed, or having suicidal thoughts
  • Overall health and wellness

 


Services at SCS

International Student Discussion Group: Receive support, understanding, and suggestions from other international students. Share learning experiences, resources and connect with others from around the world.

Thesis/Dissertation Support Group: Graduate students share their struggles with the process of writing a thesis or dissertation including issues of competence, procrastination, anxiety, goal-setting and bureaucratic struggles (to name a few).

Graduate Student Support Group: Process your concerns and frustrations related to the graduate school experiences. Topics can range from loneliness and social adjustment to conflicts with professors or peers and feelings of inadequacy.

Individual Personal Counseling: Facilitate self-discovery, self-confidence, improve relationships and achieve educational goals. Get help making good decisions for emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual well-being. Couples therapy is also available.

Stress Management and Biofeedback Training: Learn to calm your mind, increase focus and help concentration.

Academic and Career Counseling: Increase awareness of interests, abilities, values, and personality characteristics as they apply to the workplace. Get help to improve concentration, motivation, study skills and overall academic performance.

Psychiatric Consultation: Psychiatrists on staff evaluate whether medications may be helpful for you. They will prescribe and monitor these treatments, if indicated.

Substance Abuse Assessment and Counseling: Assessment and support therapy for students with Alcohol or other drug abuse problems.

Crisis Intervention: During office hours, walk to the SCS in B103 Cain Hall if you need to speak to someone urgently. After 4:00 p.m. and on weekends, call the SCS HelpLine at 979.845.2700.

Register on-line to receive any of our services.


Additional Resources

International Student Services

979-845-1824

iss@tamu.edu

http://international.tamu.edu/iss/default.asp


List of International Student Organizations

http://studentactivities.tamu.edu/online/search/index?search=category&q=...


English Language Institute

http://eli.tamu.edu/elistudents/partners.php

979-845-7936

eli@tamu.edu

 



What's on the SCS Registration?

  • Demographics and contact information
  • Primary reason(s) for seeking counseling
  • Types of counseling you wish to receive (academic, career, personal)
  • Relevant background information and precipitating event (s)
  • Symptoms or concerns you have
  • Your strengths
  • Availability for appointments

 

What to Expect at a First Meeting

Counselor will:

  • Review information on your registration before your meeting
  • Not usually do any intervention at this meeting
  • Make service recommendations and referrals based on the information you discuss together
  • Possibly offer to meet with you on a regular basis to listen to you and help you with your concerns.

You are encouraged to:

  • Prepare to discuss your concerns and goals for counseling.
  • Provide important information that is not on your registration
  • Arrive a few minutes before your scheduled appointment time. (meeting is 30-50 min)
     

*The counselor you see at the first meeting may NOT be your ongoing counselor.


Tips for Cultural Adjustment

  • Know yourself and others: You can find or create activities that bring you comfort, success and support when you know yourself. Understanding others’ reactions can help reduce your own frustration if you don’t get your needs met.
  •  Build social relationships: Getting involved with clubs and organized activities can break down walls and connect you with others having similar interests.
  •  Expand on your worldview: Considering other people’s perspectives is an important skill when adjusting to a new way of life.
  •  Ask for help!: It is NECESSARY to ask others for help. Feeling like you must handle everything alone can only worsen problems.
  •  Develop cultural and social connections: Making friends with people both similar to and different from your culture can help you stay connected with home and help with learning about other people’s adjustment experiences.
  •  Establish relationships with advisors and instructors: Advisors and instructors WANT to know who you are and how you are doing. It also makes them more willing to help if there’s a problem.
  •  Increase English proficiency: Feeling more comfortable expressing your thoughts will make it easier for you to get your needs met.
  •  Let go of problems you cannot change: Letting go can also free up mental energy; especially if they are worries that are out of your control.
     

Information adapted from: Tseng, W. C. & Newton, F. B. (2002). International students' strategies for well-being. College Student Journal, 36, 591-597.

 


Cultural Adjustment  Academic Success  Workshop
 

Learn skills to transition more easily to A&M and U.S. culture. Learn Stress Management and how to relate more easily with others.


International Student Discussion Group

Receive support, understanding, and suggestions from other international students. Share your learning experiences, resources and connect with others from around the world.

 


How to Recieve Services

  • To register for your initial appointment go online to http://scs.tamu.edu
  • Click on the link that says "Register for Services"
  • After answering a series of questions, click the “Submit” button and you should receive an email confirming your appointment within one business day.
  • If you do not receive the email confirmation or have difficulty registering, please call the SCS for further assistance at 979.845.4427.

Crisis Intervention

If you find yourself in a crisis situation, you may come to the SCS Reception Building at Student Services @ White Creek for crisis intervention during business hours. No appointment necessary.

After 4:00 p.m. and on weekends, call the SCS HelpLine or go to the nearest emergency room.

SCS HelpLine: (979) 845-2700 (V / TTY)

The HelpLine provides information, support, referrals, and crisis intervention by phone. Other than during the semester break and certain holidays, Helpline is available after 4 pm weekdays and 24 hours on weekends.

Americans with Disabilities Act  (ADA) accommodations are made in accordance with the law. If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate what your needs are at the time you register for services, or five working days before the program you plan to attend. Texas A&M University has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, admission to Texas A&M University and any of its sponsored programs are open to all qualified individuals without regard to subgroup, class or stereotype.